The US Senate adopted the rules for President Donald Trump’s trial 13 hours after intense debate on the first day of the trial.
Democrats sparred with White House attorneys over fair trial rules, while Republicans prevented Democrats from seeking to allow new evidence to be heard.
The trial is scheduled to resume on Wednesday, with Democrats submitting their arguments, followed by defense and questions.
Trump is the third US president to be tried in Congress in American history.
Trump is accused of abusing power and obstructing congressional investigations. He denies wrongdoing.
Trump is on trial in the Senate after the Democrat-dominated House of Representatives brought two charges against him last month.
Trump is not expected to be condemned, or removed from office, in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Trump, while at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday, dismissed the charges, saying they were “just a hoax.”
What was agreed in the Senate?
Democrats and Republicans remained in trouble until late at night, after the trial began on Tuesday, and the session ended at 2:00 pm Wednesday.
Senators participating in the trial swore an impartial disposition as a juror, and the session was presided over by Chief Justice of the United States, John Roberts.
- What are the procedures for accusing and trying the president in the United States?
According to the rules of the trial adopted, discussions will begin Wednesday later, and each side will be given 24 hours to present the case, and this will be done over a period of three days.
But the primary issue of witnesses and their attendance remains unresolved, between the debate and the vote, on delaying their summons until each party submits its presentation to the case, or summons them before that.
Democrats want to hear from the president’s most important aides in the White House, who work closely with him, including chief of staff Mick Mulvani and former National Security Adviser John Bolton.
How do tricks between Democrats and what they want?
The Senate rejected three attempts by Democrats on Tuesday to obtain documents and evidence during the trial, with 53 Republicans voting against the draft compared to 47 Democrats.
The council also rejected a draft resolution submitted by the leader of the House Democrats, Chuck Schumer, to request the White House files related to Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.
He also rejected a project requesting records and documents from the State Department and the White House Budget Office.
Adam Schiff, who heads the Democratic side to present the case during the trial, said in his opening speech that most Americans “do not believe that there will be a fair trial.”
“They don’t think the Senate is neutral. But they think the result is prepared in advance.”
President Trump’s legal team had called for the president to be acquitted at the earliest time, describing the trial as a “serious distortion of the constitution.”
How pressure on the majority leader in the Council?
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, backed by the president’s lawyer, was initially planning to intensify opening defenses in two days instead of three.
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Democrats said this would be understood as nothing but a cover-up.
But he agreed, after meeting with some senators, including Republicans, to set aside three days for the opening discussions.
Some elders have expressed concern about the sessions that continue until after midnight, and how voters will react to them.
“The process is fair, but there is no issue,” said Trump’s chief legal counsel and attorney, Pat Sipollon.
The procedures are expected to last several days more than scheduled.
What are the charges?
President Trump is first accused of seeking to ask the Ukrainian government to help him personally in his re-election in November.
He claims that during a phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelinsky, Trump suspended military aid to Kiev because he wanted the Ukrainian government to launch an anti-corruption investigation related to Joe Biden, who was seeking to run in the presidential election, and whose son, Hunter, was working on the company’s board of directors Borisma Energy in Ukraine.
The second claim is that the president refused to allow White House employees to testify in House sessions last year, and that this was a hindrance to Congressional work.